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Centralia aldermen deny Adams’ development

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6:14 am

At least 30 people sat in for the June 15 meeting of the Centralia Board of Aldermen.

Among actions taken, accepting the June 2020 election results, awarding outgoing alderman Don Bormann for his tenure as a Ward I alderman, swearing in Christina Stevens, W-1, Don Rodgers, W-2 and Landon Magley, W-3 and the rejecting of developer Darren Adams plans for a development to bring new housing to Centralia’s north side.

Tara Strain was also re-elected city clerk and Ward 2’s Robert Hudson elected as mayor pro-tem.

Christina Stevens, W-1; Don Rodgers, W-2 and Landon Magley taking their oath of office as Centralia aldermen.

Hudson was re-elected as public utilities committee chair and David Wilkins as public safety chair.

District 44 Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch was also there to present the city with state and national flags. She also announced as an honorary representative of the Missouri State treasurer’s office, the mayor and several aldermen had uncollected tax funds due them from the state treasury.

She also discussed the Wayfarer Tax, similar to a use tax, but at a state level. She encouraged Centralia to pass their own use tax so the collection mechanism would be in place when the state’s Wayfarer tax passes. She encouraged the aldermen to reach out to the Boone County Commission “to make sure you get your fair share of the CARES Act fund, “get your cut of the pie. If you need me to intervene, I have them all on speed dial. I am the type of person who’s not afraid to ask.”

The also heard an introductory presentation from Tristan Asbury, candidate for northern Boone County Commissioner.

They also heard from Chris Kelly, deputy director of Boone County Emergency Management. He discussed the city’s new sirens system and encouraged the aldermen to keep track of all the city’s COVID-19 related costs. He said his office was testing some N-95-style breathing masks that hopefully would eventually be available for distribution to city employees and public safety personnel.

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.